MERIC NEWS LETTER

Missouri Receives Award for Local Employment Dynamic Program

Missouri Department of Economic Development Director Greg Steinhoff accepted an award from the U.S. Census Bureau for sharing cross-state commuting and employment data with Illinois as part of the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) program. U.S. Census Bureau Director Louis Kincannon presented the award to Missouri and Illinois for their efforts and innovations with this program. The Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) administers the LED program for Missouri.

"Our LED program has proven to be an invaluable resource in advancing economic opportunities for Missouri," Steinhoff said. "We are honored to be recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau as we strive to strengthen our communities and state."

Understanding the nature of cross-state employment and commuting patterns has been helpful in Missouri with economic and workforce development. The LED program has also been used in analyzing the economic impact of the proposed new Mississippi River Bridge in St. Louis.

"Missouri and Illinois have embarked on a shared data agreement that will allow both states to better understand key indicators in their shared labor markets, and the associated commuting patterns between the two states," said Louis Kincannon, director of the U.S. Census Bureau. "This LED partnership makes it possible, for the first time, to combine existing wage and employment data with demographic data to produce information that improves understanding of the local workforce and helps local workforce boards, economic developers and businesses decide how best to allocate resources, locate businesses and improve the match between workers and jobs."

Both states were also recognized for their innovative uses of the LED "On the Map" program where the study of types of businesses, worker flows and information about the workforce displaced by the tornadoes that have struck the region this year has been beneficial.

"On the Map" is a web-based, interactive mapping application. The objective is to show where people work and workers live on maps with companion reports on their age, earnings and industry distributions.

Visit LED online on the U.S. Census Bureau website or on the MERIC website.

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